June 25, 2011

We're here!

We are finally both here in Clarksville! I left Tuesday morning after a few very sad days of goodbyes. I flew out of Oakland into Nashville with a layover in Kansas City, Missouri...I texted Grant during the layover and told him I never want to live there. But Heather, you'll be pleased to know that I did catch about twenty minutes of the Casey Anthony trial while killing time in the airport. Walking off the plane in Nashville I walked past two country music singers. Quite the warm country welcome to the south. Grant picked me up and after running a few errands we made it to our empty apartment.

Wednesday morning the washer/dryer, cable, and moving deliveries were all scheduled to arrive anytime after 8am. Surprisingly enough...the cable man showed up at 8:15, the washer/dryer man showed up at 8:20 and the movers showed up at 8:45. It was a very busy morning to say the least.

Cliff showed up and was a little worried about how he was going to get the moving truck all the way around to our apartment...he decided the best way to do it would be to back his massive moving truck around our entire complex to get to our apartment. It was impressive to say the least.

Of course that meant that our other two delivery men were blocked in for a few minutes...

The fugitive was back with Cliff, along with a local Clarksville mover. My job was to check off all the boxes as they came in while Grant helped and tried to tell them where to put the boxes. Of course the fugitive dumped the boxes as quickly as he could regardless of where Grant told him to put the boxes. Needless to say it took us quite a while to find our dishes since he buried them in our dining room.

Our goal was to have the entire apartment put back together by tonight since Grant officially starts work tomorrow...but with our type A personalities, and lots of hours of unpacking, we were pretty much finished by Thursday night....here is our bedroom!

Yes, the drapes are two different colors in this photo...we bought one navy one on Thursday...it was not big enough. So Friday when Grant checked into work he picked up another one...but they were out of navy and he didn't want to come home empty handed :) We exchanged the black one today and now have matching curtains.

And our master bathroom...the two things that we would both change about this apartment...
1. Eliminate the faux drawers. There should be real drawers in a bathroom.
2. Make the towel rack normal heights. Hand towel height does not work well for bath towels. We went out and bought a normal towel rack for our bathroom.

This is our living room from the dining room. The door on the far left is our bedroom.

Here's the dining room and kitchen from the living room!

The dining room!

The kitchen!

The guest room! We've finished this room since the photos were taken...now we're all ready for visitors!

The guest bathroom.

The biggest problem we ran into was the number of cardboard boxes we ended up with. Our patio has made us look like a bunch of vagabonds or hoarders. Grant was worried that all of our boxes created a security risk. Yesterday we were going out to run errands and there was a man sitting in his running truck staring at our apartment. So Grant said we should go turn on our alarm just in case. When we got in my car, the man walked up and knocked on the window. He said that we looked like we were fighting and that there will be plenty of tough times in our marriage and we need to remember that we love each other. After talking military with Grant for ten minutes, he left. And we both proceeded to laugh...little did he know the only reason we looked concerned was because he looked sketchy.

Last night we had dinner with Casey and she took us to this great sushi place! It's really close to our apartment and I'm so glad we have somewhere safe for me to eat. I really love our apartment. And Clarksville is beautiful! We went to church this morning and it was absolutely beautiful. The people were really nice and we will definitely be going back.

Overall it's been a very busy week, but we are so happy to finally be settled in our new home!

June 20, 2011

A Blank Slate...

After celebrating Sara and Matt's wedding this weekend it's time to actually move! Grant picked up our keys today and has been working hard to get everything taken care of before I get there tomorrow! Here are the before pictures...moving in and fully decorated photos to follow...

The entry way.

The guest bathroom.

The guest bedroom.

The kitchen.

The living room.

The dining room.

Master bathroom.

Master bedroom.

The laundry room.

Patio and outside storage.

And my car arrived today!!!

Early flight out in the morning...only a few more hours in California!

June 17, 2011

Celebrating 60 Years of Marriage!

Last night we celebrated my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary
at Scott's in San Jose.

Pretty amazing.

Eric, Ali, and Caroline.

Gordon and I.

Eric explaining his two piece of bread rule.

The whole family.

Grandma and Grandpa with all the cousins.

Just us five.

The cousins.

The Freeman Family.

Us three.

Skyping will have to suffice in place of ridiculous family dinners for a few years.

Grant made it to Clarksville last night...only a few more days until I leave!

June 16, 2011

forwarded email from grandma...

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their
conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.

FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye..

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't
have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only
way to live life completely.

TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile
and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great

FIFTEEN. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and
Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to
correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your

TWENTY- ONE. Spend some time alone.

June 15, 2011

Loading the moving truck...

Today was the day for the movers to come pack and load!

It has been a completely overwhelming process and I was dreading and looking forward to today at the same time. My house and my grandma's house have been filled to the brim for weeks (well in my grandma's case years!) with all of my stuff!

We met the movers at my grandma's house early this morning...
I directed them towards our stuff while they blocked the wholeeeeee street with the massive moving truck.
Finally after five years, my grandma can see and use her whole garage! I don't know what I would have down without this space and all her advice along the way :)
Grant and I should get paid for this crate and barrel marketing.
The big truck blocking our street!
All our stuff!

This was one of our movers. The other two men were AMAZING-so nice and professional. This one asked mom not to take his picture because he's wanted by the FBI. I'm honestly not sure whether or not he was joking...
This is Cliff, the driver, he raised 6 kids of his own and 15 foster kids. Kind of amazing. He will be my only other friend besides in Grant in TN come next week. I can't wait to see him on the other side of this all and I know he'll take great care of all our stuff.
After the movers left, mom and I rushed off to Scott's to meet Becca and Jane for the rehearsal dinner tasting! Everything was so delicious and I can't wait for December!

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